How to Use an Alphabet Letter of the Week Focus Wall

How to Use an Alphabet Letter of the Week Focus Wall with HeidiSongs

Our Letter of the Week Focus Wall Chart is such a fun way to review the alphabet daily!  In this post, I will share with you what it looks like and how to use it.  My kids in TK just adored it, and I know it would work equally well for students in PreK and Kindergarten.  I really think can even out much of the differences in home support as well.  In addition, a daily review time is well supported by research. You’ll find a link in the article.

What’s a Focus Wall?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a focus wall displays what your class is working on that week.  But it’s not supposed to be only for the administrators to check off their list! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I used it daily to review our concepts of the week, such as the letter, number, shape, sight word, and eventually, the word family as well.  I truly believe that taking a few minutes at the beginning of each day to review important concepts truly paid off in terms of student learning.  I often saw children trying to remember an answer to a question by double-checking my focus wall, too!

Reviewing the concepts of the week with the focus wall usually took about ten minutes each day, and I always did it right after the flag salute.  (It gets longer as you add more concepts, so at that point, you may want to rotate doing some only on certain days of the week when you have a bit more time.) To me, it seemed like one of the most valuable times of the day, and I worked hard to make it fun and active for the children.  Click here to see an Instagram video of me doing this with my class! 

HeidiSongs Focus Wall for Week 2
This is my focus wall from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) week 2.

Daily Review is Supported by Research!

There is a lot of research on the instructional value of daily review!  You can check out one good article here (summarized and quoted below) or read the original research paper at the link after the quote.

“Neurophysiological studies show that one of the important components of learning is repetition or practice which helps to strengthen the connections of the wiring in the brain. This helps in retaining information or learning.”

Rosenshine, B. (2012). Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know. American Educator, 36(Spr 2012), 12-19, 39.


But this is how I think of it:

Whatever you do daily tends to stick.
Whatever you do daily tends to stick. Just watch out that you don’t wind up with way too much on the board!  That’s what happens when you wind up with a class with a wide range of abilities.

A Focus Wall on a Whiteboard?

I (Heidi!) put all of my focus wall items on magnetized pocket charts on my classroom whiteboard at the last school where I worked.  That is because there was a large whiteboard right in front of the classroom; in the past, I had stapled the pocket charts to the wall.  Because there was a projector mounted on the ceiling and pointed towards the whiteboard,  I asked the school to put a pull-down screen above the whiteboard, and I felt lucky that they were willing to do that!  In the past, I had to purchase my own pull-down screen.  I also liked being able to pull the pocket charts off quite easily if I wanted to use the board for something else.


Letter of the week focus wall for teaching the alphabet letters.
This is our Letter of the Week focus wall.

1.  A Plain Letter at the Top

Of course, the first thing to include is a plain letter right at the top.  I think that it is important to separate the capital from the lowercase letter, just to avoid any confusion.

2.  Alphabet Action Card

The second thing I added is the Alphabet Action card! For our existing HeidiSongs fans, you may already recognize that the artwork came right out of our Alphabet Action song!  (There used to be a book, too- but we no longer sell physical items.)

Every card has an action for each letter. For example, for the letter A, we stomp on ants and say, “Ants!” and for the letter B, we say, “Boo!”  The cards match up exactly with our very popular Alphabet Action song, which is in our Letters and Sounds collection, available on our Video Streaming Site!


3.  Letter Formation Poem Cards

The next thing we added is Letter Formation Poem Cards!  There is one for each capital, and one for each lowercase letter, with directional arrows on the letters.  These Letter Formation Poem Cards may be used as just poems, and have the kids chant the words as they draw the letters in the air.  OR, you can SING them as songs along with our Alphabet Formation Songs collection!


Letter Formation Cards on Letter of the Week pocket chart.
These are letter formation cards on Letter of the Week pocket chart.

The cards are formatted in two ways:  above, you see the cards with original HeidiSongs alphabet song lyrics on them (my favorites!)  But, if you look at the letter b pocket chart above, you’ll see that it has the lyrics from the new Alphabet Formation (writing) songs. Either way, I used to put on the video, and we would sing along with it as part of our routine.

4.  Beginning Sound Pictures

The next part of the Letter of the Week Focus Wall Chart is simply beginning sounds pictures. I included this because I think it is SO important for the kids to know a few words that start with a given letter sound. I put up six pictures that start with the target beginning sound.  Then I have the kids all say, for example, “B like bag, B like basket, B like bed, B like bicycle, B like balloons, and B like BEE!!!!”  And then we would all go “zzzzzzz” and pretend to fly around buzzing and then sting something imaginary, lol!  I always tried to think of something fun to do with that last card.  I just made it up, so go wild!

5.  OPTIONAL:  Letters to Review in Different Fonts

Sometimes, I added extra letters to review at the bottom of the chart.  I only included the ones that we had already covered unless there was a “look-alike letter” (like the b vs d) that we needed to practice distinguishing it from the target letter.  This does take extra time, so be aware of any attentional issues and how long you can keep your little ones’ attention.

HeidiSongs' Letter of the Week focus wall chart in its long form.
This is the longer version of our Letter of the Week pocket chart, which includes letters to practice at the bottom. This is optional.


And don’t forget, if you haven’t seen my Number of the Day/Week Focus Wall chart, be sure to take a look! It’s a super fun and active way to review the numbers each day!  I will write another blog post on each of them.


And by the way, we also have a Shape of the Week Focus Wall chart! I love how it turned out. 🙂 There are different ways to post/use the pieces.


Shape of the Week Focus Wall Chart
Notice how these shape of the week charts are slightly different. You can include the category “Flat or Solid” (on the left) or the other ones on the right: “How many sides?” or “How many corners?” In TK, I didn’t need those extra categories.


Hope this is all helpful as you get your classrooms ready!  And if you prefer a digital option rather than printing, you can find it here.  

– Heidi 🙂

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